Rishi Sunak: UK will not hesitate to add nations to quarantine list
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:09:29 GMT
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Chancelloras warning comes amid concerns France may lose its travel corridor status

Rishi Sunak has issued a warning that the UK government will anot hesitatea to impose quarantine restrictions on arrivals from other countries amid concerns that France may be the next destination to be removed from the travel corridor list.

The chancellor said Downing Street constantly kept measures under review, highlighting that people needed to bear in mind there is a risk to travel plans because of the pandemic.

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Beirut explosion: Lebanon security forces fire teargas at protesters as anger mounts
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:43:40 GMT
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State media say several injured in protests as ambassador to Jordan resigns over astate negligencea

Lebanese security forces have fired teargas at demonstrators in Beirut, as rage over the countryas leadership grew following a massive explosion that laid waste to large parts of the capital on Tuesday.

State media reported late on Thursday that security forces confronted dozens of anti-government protesters in central Beirut. Some in the small protest were wounded, the National News Agency (NNA) reported.

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Covid-19 lockdown will have 'negligible' impact on climate crisis a study
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:00:33 GMT
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Drop in emissions was a blip, say scientists, and a green recovery is vital to halt global heating

The draconian coronavirus lockdowns across the world have led to sharp drops in carbon emissions, but this will have anegligiblea impact on the climate crisis, with global heating cut by just 0.01C by 2030, a study has found.

But the analysis also shows that putting the huge sums of post-Covid-19 government funding into a green recovery and shunning fossil fuels will give the world a good chance of keeping the rise in global temperatures below 1.5C. The scientists said we are now at a amake or breaka moment in keeping under the limit a as compared with pre-industrial levels a agreed by the worldas governments to avoid the worst effects of global heating.

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UK weather: being outdoors could become dangerous during heatwaves
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:34:20 GMT
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Health experts call for action on climate emergency as country braces for record temperatures

As parts of the UK get set for potentially record-breaking temperatures, a leading health expert has warned it would become highly dangerous to be outdoors during heatwaves if nothing were done to curtail the climate emergency.

Forecasters have said Friday could be the hottest day of the year in some parts of the country, with temperatures predicted to rise as high as 38C (100F) in places. This was expected to give way to thunderstorms early next week.

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Ex-Labour MP Eric Joyce gets suspended jail sentence over child abuse image
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:27:18 GMT
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Former MP sentenced at Ipswich crown court to eight months in prison suspended for two years

The former Labour MP Eric Joyce has been handed a suspended sentence after admitting to making an indecent image of a child.

The 59-year-old ex-army major, who served as MP for Falkirk for more than a decade, was given an eight-month sentence, suspended for two years, and also ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

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Donald Trump claims Joe Biden is 'against God'
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:26:43 GMT
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US president attacks faith of rival, who has said his Catholic beliefs helped him cope with deaths of his first wife and daughter

Donald Trump has claimed Joe Biden is aagainst Goda in an attack on the presumptive Democratic presidential candidateas faith.

In provocative remarks during a trip to Ohio, a key election battleground, the US president said Biden was afollowing the radical left agendaa.

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'Truly evil' Wesley Streete jailed for life for rape and murder of Keeley Bunker
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:49:18 GMT
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Streete dumped 20-year-oldas body in park then lied about what had happened

A atruly evila former warehouse packer has been jailed for life for raping and murdering a acaringa would-be classroom assistant and friend.

Wesley Streete dumped Keeley Bunkeras body face-down in a brook in a park before trying to conceal her body with branches on 19 September last year.

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Surprise as UK house prices set record after four months of falls
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:49:12 GMT
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Survey reveals 1.6% monthly rise in July, raising average property value to APS241,600

House prices in Britain leaped to a new high in July, in a asurprising spikea after the market was put on pause earlier this year, according to Halifax.

The bank said property values jumped by 1.6%, or APS3,770, month-on-month on average in July, and across the UK the average property value was APS241,604 in July, up from APS237,834 in June.

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Prince Harry hits out at social media for creating 'crisis of hate'
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:02:05 GMT
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Duke of Sussex urges advertisers to demand companies do more to curb hate speech online

Prince Harry has hit out at social media companies for creating a acrisis of hatea and called for ameaningful digital reforma after an unprecedented advertiser boycott of Facebook.

In an opinion piece for the US business magazine Fast Company, the Duke of Sussex revealed that he and his wife, Meghan, had begun campaigning for change in social media aa little over four weeks agoa.

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3D reconstruction of Raphaelas face proves he was buried at Pantheon, say experts
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:43:15 GMT
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Researchers at Rome university compared portraits with a plaster cast of the artistas skull

Italian art experts have created a 3D reconstruction of the face of the Renaissance artist Raphael, which they say proves he was buried at the Pantheon in Rome.

Raffaello Sanzio died in Rome in 1520 at the age of 37, eight days after contracting a fever.

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Five months on, and EU health workers canat bear to contemplate a second Covid-19 wave
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:55:33 GMT
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When the Guardian spoke to staff in March they had no time for reflection. So what do they think of the new surge now?

During the initial peak of Spainas Covid-19 pandemic in the spring, the virus displayed an unexpected mercy. In its spread, ferocity and awful novelty, it left health workers too tired and overwhelmed to look beyond the next few hours.

aThereas no time to get angry or to wonder why things have been organised the way they have been,a Sara Gayoso, an A&E doctor at El Escorial hospital near Madrid, told the Guardian at the end of March.

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Coronavirus live news: hospitals damaged and PPE destroyed in Beirut blast; Africa records 1 million cases
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:59:18 GMT
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WHO says true figure across Africa could be much higher; cases continue to surge in Europe

Spanish authorities have ordered about 32,000 people into lockdown in the central riverside town of Aranda del Duero in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The residents of Aranda del Duero, known for its vineyards, will find their movements restricted to the absolute minimum and be barred from entering or leaving the town which lies 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of Madrid.

Eleven players from the Bangladesh national football squad have tested positive for coronavirus, dealing a blow to their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The infections were confirmed after 24 of 36 players scheduled to join a training camp organised by the teamas English coach, Jamie Day were tested, AFP reports.

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How to hug in lockdown: plan ahead and wash your hands
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:00:33 GMT
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Lack of touch has impacted mental health during the pandemic, so experts suggest ways to embrace as safely as possible

To hug or not to hug? And what about washing your hands beforehand, turning your face away from your loved one, and holding your breath during the embrace?

As England moves into lockdown-lite, these are the tentative recommendations of scientists who warn above all to exercise caution a and plan your hugs ahead.

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Dollar rallies as investors hope for signs of recovery in US jobs data a business live
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:30:26 GMT
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Rolling live coverage of business, economics and financial markets as investors focus on US-China tensions and non-farm payrolls

The US dollar has gained 0.5% against the pound and the euro as investors hope for signs of recovery in jobs data due out shortly.

One pound bought $1.3075 in early afternoon trading, while the euro bought $1.1818.

Goldman Sachs has lowered its quarterly net earnings figure to $197m, compared to the $2.25bn previously reported, as it took account of the massive settlement related to alleged wrongdoing in the 1MDB corruption scandal.

The bank said in a filing it had set aside $2.96bn for potential legal and regulatory costs, up from the $945m announced on 15 July with its second-quarter earnings.

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Thousands of BA staff to find out if they will lose jobs due to Covid
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:09:28 GMT
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More than 6,000 workers accept voluntary redundancy as airline makes cuts

More than 6,000 British Airways staff have accepted voluntary redundancy as the airline moves to tell thousands more cabin crew and ground staff whether or not they will keep their jobs or face pay cuts.

The airline, which is seeking to make up to 12,000 job cuts to slash costs as the coronavirus pandemic hammers the travel market, was on Friday sending one of three letters to affected staff who have not taken voluntary redundancy.

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Why are indoor settings higher risk for Covid a and are restaurants safe?
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:43:11 GMT
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Experts say poor airflow, reduced distancing and prolonged exposure are key factors in the spread of coronavirus

In Aberdeen it was pubs, restaurants and golf courses. In Prague it was a nightclub. In California it was a church. Why does Covid-19 appear to spread more easily in some places than others?

Prof Devi Sridhar, the chair of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, says there are some key factors that make indoor settings higher risk, in particular poor airflow, difficulties in distancing from others, and prolonged exposure.

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British Museum to reopen before August bank holiday weekend
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 08:00:32 GMT
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Visitors will book a timed slot and follow a one-way route, with only ground-floor galleries open

The British Museum is to reopen most of its ground-floor galleries on 27 August after being shut for 163 days, its longest peacetime closure.

The museum, which first opened its doors in 1759, announced on Friday that it would reopen in time for Englandas August bank holiday weekend.

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Coronavirus US: death toll tops 160,000 as relief package impasse continues a live updates
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:59:13 GMT
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More confusingly on the alegislators test positive for coronavirusa front, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has now tested negative for Covid-19, after having previously testing positive early on Thursday before he was to meet with Donald Trump.

According to a statement from his office, his wife, Fran DeWine, also tested negative, as did staff members. They underwent a different type of test in Columbus; one considered to be more accurate than the rapid-result test which showed DeWine to be positive for Covid-19 just ahead of the planned meeting with the president in Cleveland, report the Associated Press.

A top Republican legislator in Kansas has angered Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly after it emerged he was hospitalized last month after testing positive for coronavirus, and didnat disclose it to colleagues, report the Associated Press.

Kelly said that sheall now get tested because the two of them attended a meeting together after he was hospitalized.

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Mexican families mourn workers claimed by Covid in the US a photo essay
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 06:45:30 GMT
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In July, the remains of nearly 250 migrant workers were repatriated to Mexico City. Two grieving families share their stories and loss

  • Text and photographs by Alejandra Rajal

On Saturday 11 July, a plane arrived in Mexico City with the remains of nearly 250 Mexican migrant workers who had died of Covid-19 in the US. A solemn ceremony was held with the participation of the consul general for New York, Jorge Islas LA3pez, who had helped organise the repatriation flight.

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Covid led to abrutal crackdowna on garment workers' rights, says report
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 06:15:29 GMT
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Brands including Primark, Zara and H&M accused of failing to protect workers at factories in Asia from aunion bustinga

Some of Europeas biggest retailers, including Primark, Zara and H&M, are failing to stop Covid-19 being used as a pretext for union busting, human rights activists are warning.

Millions of garment workers in some of the poorest parts of Asia have lost their jobs since coronavirus shutdowns hit the retail industry worldwide.

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The Woman In Black: why did Britain's scariest horror film disappear?
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:59:25 GMT
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Herbert Wiseas 1989 TV gem wowed critics, inspired Oscar-winners and ruined Christmas for a generation. Then it was never seen again a| until now

aI saw it when it was first shown,a says the film critic Kim Newman. aChristmas Eve with my mum and dad. We all just wanted to watch a spooky ghost story. But there were after-effects, a mood that carried on after the film ended. You wake up next morning, Christmas Day, youare still scared a|a

He laughs darkly. aThe Woman in Black ruined Christmas.a

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'Telly just isn't the same': glorious return of English seaside entertainment
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:43:19 GMT
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People young and old enjoy silly fun of Uncle Takoas flea circus and a Punch and Judy show in Devon

Children laughed, gasped, clapped and sang along. Families and couples strolling along the sunlit promenade paused for a few minutes to watch, smiles on faces. Even the cool kids on the skateboard park took time out to peer over the wall at the craziness.

It was silly, anarchic and sometimes a little bit scary, but the return of live drama a in the form of good old-fashioned seaside entertainment a to the Devon coast also felt rather glorious.

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'Never give up': Greek asylum fight is gifted student's hardest lesson
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:00:34 GMT
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Amadou Diallo fled child labour in an African gold mine. Only by proving his ability to an elite university has he won the right to a future in Europe

From the stack of books Amadou Diallo took with him last summer to the Greek islands, it was a biography of Frederick Douglass that kept finding its way back to the top. One quote from the 19th-century slavery abolitionist particularly resonated: aOnce you learn to read, you will be forever free.a

Diallo was on Sifnos, a holiday destination for cultured Athenians and well-heeled foreign families. An asylum seeker from Guinea, he was working long hours in a hotel. At night he would read the life stories of great men, wondering what shape his own freedom might take.

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Daisy Johnson: 'Itas not an easy time to be looking at yourself or other people'
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:00:35 GMT
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Ahead of her latest, unnerving novel Sisters, the youngest ever author shortlisted for the Booker discusses her fascination with horror, family and growing up on Harry Potter

Daisy Johnson and I are talking about compost. She never thought shead write about the Fens, she explains, but she ended up revisiting her childhood landscape in her debut book, a short story collection that won the Edge Hill short story prize. She also didnat anticipate reworking the Oedipus myth that had so enthralled her in her schooldays, but it formed the bedrock of her first novel, 2017as Everything Under, which made her the youngest writer, at 27, to be shortlisted for the Booker prize. aMaybe itas just time,a she ruminates, aand maybe the things Iam reading now will circle back in 10, 20 years a| I sometimes think of ideas as a sort of composting and that they just need to compost for long enough, and then you can think about them and write about them.a

But the thing with compost, I say prosaically, is that you have to choose what to put in, when to add water and to turn the heap. Johnson likes that idea, and firmly says sheas not the kind of writer that turns away from reading fiction when sheas working on her own books, or steers clear of anything that feels too similar. She is, instead, a magpie, of the belief that anothing is sacred, and I think we should take everything that we possibly can and make it of our own and send it out into the worlda.

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'I was outnumbered by the popcorn sellers': cinema-going around the world in the Covid era
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 05:00:28 GMT
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As Disney puts its Mulan remake straight to the small screen, cinemas need to prove to audiences theyare safe. Our writers braved screenings from Beijing to Belfast to try and find out

Are you sitting comfortably? After a month or two of stuttering, cinemas in all regions of the UK have joined thousands in Europe and Asia in reopening. A study published on Thursday found around 48% of venues are operational again, although most across Africa, the US and South America remain shuttered.

In most, masks are mandatory, likewise socially distanced seating and buckets of hand sanitiser. What would once have seemed extraordinary demands appear to have been embraced by exhibitors. All signs suggest that cinemas are going above and beyond to reassure the public they can be safe as well as entertained.

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Perry Farrell of Jane's Addiction: 'I consider myself a late bloomer'
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:00:30 GMT
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He invented Lollapalooza, fronted one of Americaas most influential bands a and, at 61, the flamboyant alt-rock guru is still thinking big

Sitting cross-legged in his garden, at 61 Perry Farrell still has a jawline so jutting it looks chiselled out of the mountains above the Sunset Strip. His hair remains a thick clean wave, scarcely flecked with grey. The Janeas Addiction frontman and founder of the Lollapalooza festival looks as if his former tour-mate, Iggy Pop, taught him the secret of avoiding the ravages of drug abuse, ageing and follicular woe.

In 1993, fond of aspeedballsa of heroin and cocaine, Farrell seemed considerably less immortal. Formed in 1985, Janeas Addiction had become a multi-platinum juggernaut that reshaped alt-rock into something debauched and flamboyant. By the time Farrellas next venture, Porno for Pyros, topped the US modern rock chart with the psychedelic banger Pets, Rolling Stone described him as Rock Star Most Likely to Die in the Next Year.

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Stephenie Meyer: 'Iad like to be remembered for writing The Host - but itall be Twilighta
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:00:33 GMT
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The bestselling author of the Twilight series on being a fan of Justina Ireland, reading Terry Brooks as a child and wanting to read every book ever written

The book I am currently reading
I just began Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland. I was a huge fan of the first book in the series, Dread Nation, and even on the first page I could tell this one is going to be difficult to put down. I love a book that compels you to read!

The book I wish Iad written
I wish Iad had the experience of writing Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I know that the only thing more gripping, more immersive than reading a story I love is writing that story. Iam obsessed with the world she created, Weep. I wish Iad lived in it as immersively as she must have. Iall just have to settle for reading it a million times.

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Experience: I landed a plane after the pilot passed out
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:00:34 GMT
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The flashing lights of emergency vehicles streaming towards the runway made me realise people were preparing for disaster

I hadnat flown very much in my first two flying lessons. The first few are really just introductions to a plane and cockpit, a run-through of the basics; youare taken up and brought back down. I hadnat spent more than 10 minutes in control of an aircraft, and my instructor was sitting next to me, carefully watching my every move.

At 4pm on 31 August 2019, I settled in to the two-seat Cessna 152 for my next lesson; 30 minutes later, we started to make our way back to Jandakot airport, Perth. As we cruised at 3,500ft, I noticed my instructor was staring out the window into the sky above us. I assumed head seen something, but there was nothing there.

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Hadley Freeman on the future of the royals
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 02:00:24 GMT
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Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman discusses the fallout from the publication of Finding Freedom, a biography of Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the latest allegations surrounding Prince Andrew

Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman tells Rachel Humphreys why 2020 is not shaping up to be a great year for the royals. It began with the bombshell announcement that the Sussexes - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan - were stepping back as senior royals, and later saw them relocate to Los Angeles. Last month, extracts from a biography, Finding Freedom, chronicled what the authors claim has been a deepening rift between Prince Harry, Meghan and Buckingham Palace.

Hadley also discusses Prince Andrew. He ended 2019 by stepping back from public duties after his disastrous Newsnight interview where he discussed his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The arrest of Epsteinas close friend Ghislaine Maxwell in July has put Prince Andrewas name back in the headlines. This month the FBI has said it has been passed information from a witness claiming to have seen the Duke of York at Tramp nightclub, the evening he claims he was at Pizza Express in Woking.

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Six months into Covid pandemic, the UK's isolation programme is still a mess | Anthony Costello
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:49:44 GMT
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The government is asking people who may have coronavirus to isolate - but it has no idea of whether theyare doing so

On 13 February, 83 British citizens left Arrowe Park hospital, Wirral, after 14 days of isolation, following their evacuation from Wuhan at the end of January. Two weeks was the appropriate quarantine response to potential contacts of a deadly new virus.

On the same day, a nurse in Brighton was asked to self-isolate by Public Health England. She had Covid-19 symptoms, and was astonished at PHEas response: she was sent home wearing a facemask, in a taxi with a driver without a mask. No advice was given about how to stop the spread of the virus. When she called NHS 111, she had to wait 15 hours to get a test. As she later told the Argus newspaper: aI thought there would be a plan in place for something like this, but in my case, I know there wasnat one.a

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Digested week: I had big plans for lockdown, but mostly I watch TV | John Crace
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:02:42 GMT
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A holiday in Norfolk is a chance to spend time away from politics, and for my wife to spend less time alone with me

Monday

When I was a teenager, the FA Cup final was always a red letter day in the football calendar. The TV coverage would start in the morning with loads of chat and clips of the teams leaving their London hotels by bus and I would be watching every minute of it. Even my dad, who had no interest in football whatsoever, would come inside at 3pm to watch the entire match. Sometimes he even managed to stay awake for the entire 90 minutes. Yet for the past 25 years or so, Iave never bothered to watch the final on TV. Partly because Spurs have not featured since 1991, but mostly because Iave just lost interest in the competition. This year was no exception. The weather was nice and a game between Tottenhamas two main rivals a Arsenal and Chelsea a seemed entirely missable. So it was only on the following day that I discovered there had been rather more riding on the match than I had thought. By winning and claiming automatic qualification, Arsenal had condemned Spurs to play at least three extra preliminary matches for the Europa League, a competition I had been rather hoping to avoid even before this new form of hell. Tottenhamas possible opponents hardly read like a roll call of Europeas finest. In no particular order, they are Kesla FK from Azerbaijan, Torshavn from the Faroe Islands, Neftchi Baku also from Azerbaijan, Kaysar Kyzylorda and Ordabasy Shymkent both from Kazakhstan, Sutjeska Niksic of Montenegro, OFI Heraklion from Crete, and Lithuaniaas FK Riteriai. These are all games that both Spurs and I would pay money to avoid, as their only real function is to make sure the players are exhausted by November. Iam just praying that further travel bans have been put in place by September and that Tottenham are forced out of the competition by the Foreign Office.

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I am a present-buyeras worst nightmare. And today is my birthday | Zoe Williams
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:34:21 GMT
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My special day makes the blood of my loved ones run cold. The pressure is so intense that my son forgot how to spell his own name

aWhat can I get for your birthday that wonat make you shout at me?a That was what my Mr asked a week ago. He was essaying one of the pillars of the successful relationship a adefuse arguments with humoura a except I was laughing only on the outside. Inside, I was thinking: aItas my birthday in literally seven days and youare asking me this now? You havenat even left yourself time for shipping.a

I am, apparently, a present-buyeras worst nightmare. Itas not that I want a big thing, but it has to be good. I split up with a guy once because he got me an ice bucket in the shape of a pineapple. Then I wrote about it tons of times and he said on, maybe, occasion six: aI donat see why Iam still being publicly punished for this a it wasnat even a big birthday,a and I said: aThereas no way you could be identified a Iave been out with about 12 people since then; it was a decade ago,a and he said: aExactly.a

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Europe treats undocumented children with less care than livestock | Michele Levoy
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:30:34 GMT
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Countless young people are being pushed to Europeas margins by hardline border and migration policies

We donat know how many undocumented children are living in Europe. We donat even know how many children are currently locked up in detention because of their own or their parentsa immigration status. While the European Union requires precise data collection in numerous sectors a we know how many dairy cows there are in the EU and the UK, for example a the lack of data and visibility of undocumented children seems a political, rather than a technical, void.

Being born in Europe is not enough to prevent a child from becoming undocumented, if they are born to undocumented parents. No European country grants citizenship solely based on birth in the national territory. Others in the ranks of the undocumented moved to Europe as kids and have spent most of their lives here. For them, Europe is home. But policy hasnat caught up with this reality.

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England v Pakistan: first Test, day three a live!
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:58:39 GMT
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50th over: England 156-5 (Buttler 37, Woakes 14) Buttler is finally finding his mojo. He sees a half-volley from Shaheen and just caresses it past cover. Thatas the shot of the morning. Shaheen responds well, with a near-toe ball in the Waqar Younis tradition, but Buttler is seeing it well enough to glance for two.

49th over: England 150-5 (Buttler 31, Woakes 14) Now it is time for spin, as Naseem gives way to Yasir Shah. He has a peculiar record in England a lethal in London, cannon-fodder in the country a and Pope got after him last night, although Yasir fought back with the wicket of Root. These two, looking to score off him, have to settle for singles as Azhar protects him with a defensive field.

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Itas the Bandinis 2020! The complete review of Serie A's 2019-20 season
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:22:51 GMT
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It was two seasons in one with the usual winner after some interesting challenges and shocking headlines before the break

Does it even make sense to consider the 2019-20 Serie A season as a single competition? For the purposes of the standings, sure, it was practical to combine results from before and after Italyas coronavirus lockdown, allowing a champion to be crowned and the essential details of relegation and European qualification to be worked out.

Reflecting on the football itself, though, it feels more realistic to acknowledge that there were two seasons, each with its own distinct narratives, either side of the enforced pause. The first was characterised by one of the most compelling title races Serie A has known in a decade or more.

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How can rugby prevent a lost generation amid the Covid crisis? | Robert Kitson
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:07:04 GMT
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The RFU must provide guidance and vision as concerns grow that the community game is being unduly penalised to protect the over-fattened cats at the top

There is a paragraph within Edward Griffithsa thought-provoking 76-page proposal for a radical revamp of English rugby that says it all. aWhen historians reflect on the development of English rugby since the start of professionalism in 1995, they will surely wonder why so much time and energy was wasted on narrow-minded in-fighting,a writes the former Saracens chief executive. aRugby union in England is neither rich enough nor large enough to be able to afford the luxury of petty bickering.a

Griffiths used to be a journalist and can still turn a phrase. More crucially, his eventful years in rugby administration have given him a clear insight into the sportas structural deficiencies. Hence the relevance of a document outlining exactly how the English game might be streamlined and recast by reinventing the Championship as a viable and attractive aheartlanda competition with the countryas best young players front and centre.

The vision also incorporates pooled Championship television rights potentially worth APS12m a year, a player draft, university-based regional centres of excellence, more emphasis on education and skills in preparation for life after rugby, and a very different vibe, with the A League and existing Premiership academies disappearing and the landscape no longer scarred by self-interest. aIf people can see past petty issues of ego and control, and focus on what it is fundamentally right for the game, this model will be welcomed on all sides,a concludes Griffiths.

Certain Premiership clubs have wasted no time dismissing that notion as wishful thinking; one prominent chairman has described it a afantasya despite the initial proposed moratorium on Championship promotion. It was always going to be a leap of the imagination to visualise every club embracing the idea of losing control of their beloved, often successful academies. Equally, though, club rugby union is a sport under financial siege. The longer Covid-19 hangs around, the greater the threat to its viability.

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Zinedine Zidane's back-to-basics approach gives Real Madrid hope against City | Jonathan Wilson
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:00:30 GMT
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A traditional and unfashionable defence-first style has reaped rewards for the La Liga champions going into their belated Champions League reunion with Manchester City

A long, long time ago Manchester City beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. It was a strange game, in that while it was widely regarded as having been a tactical triumph for Pep Guardiola, evidence he could temper his philosophy, there was also a lingering sense that Madrid were there for the taking and that City playing their usual game might have had the tie won there and then.

Related: Champions League last 16: previews and predictions for the remaining ties

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Who makes our Football League teams of the season for 2019-20?
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:00:30 GMT
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We select an XI from the Championship and Leagues One and Two, plus a manager for each

Goalkeeper: Marek Rodak (Fulham) Scott Parker acknowledged it was a brave call but the Slovakian, who joined the club at 16, has flourished since being made No 1 in October. Rodak, who previously excelled on loan at Rotherham, made a string of impressive saves en route to promotion, notably against Cardiff in the play-off semi-final. No first-choice goalkeeper finished with a better clean sheet ratio.

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Chess: Magnus Carlsen continues record unbeaten run going into Tour finals
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:37:10 GMT
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The world championas 19 straight online match wins follow 121 games without defeat before coronavirus pandemic

Another week, another new record opportunity for Magnus Carlsen. Last Monday the world champion won the $150,000 Legends of Chess final, stretched his current unbeaten run to 19 online mini-matches, then took a few days off to prepare for the online Tour semi-final and final which start next Sunday afternoon.

Pairings for this concluding event have been kind to the Norwegian, who takes on three rivals qualified from previous Tour contests. Russiaas Daniil Dubov, the only player apart from Carlsen to win a final, meets the reigning US champion and online speed specialist, Hikaru Nakamura, in one semi-final, while in the other Carlsen, seeded No 1, plays Chinaas Ding Liren, who is world No 3 but seeded No 4.

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Racing Point fined and docked points for 'Pink Mercedes' controversy
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:36:37 GMT
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  • FIA upholds Renault protest about legality of design
  • Racing Point to lose 15 points with a!400,000 fine

The Racing Point team have been punished by the FIA after they were judged to have illegally copied part of last yearas Mercedes car. After protests lodged by the Renault team the FIA launched an extensive investigation and on Friday morning published their ruling, stating that Racing Point had copied the brake ducts used by Mercedes in 2019. Racing Point have been docked 15 points and fined a!400,000.

F1 also said it would take immediate steps to prevent copycat designs being used in future. The FIAas head of single seaters, Nikolas Tombazis, said they have agreed with owners Liberty Media to change the regulations for 2021. aThis will prevent teams from using extensive part of photos to copy whole portions of other cars in the way that Racing Point has done,a he said.

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Chelsea to open Women's Super League title defence at Manchester United
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:01:04 GMT
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  • Promoted Aston Villa at home to Manchester City
  • Fixtures for first two weekends released

Chelsea will begin their Womenas Super League title defence at Manchester United on the weekend of 5-6 September.

The fixture provides a potentially testing start for Chelsea, who were awarded the 2019-20 title on a points-per-game basis after the campaign was curtailed.

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Brexit: UK government pledges APS355m to cushion Northern Ireland businesses
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:55:54 GMT
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Support package unveiled to help firms with bureaucracy of moving goods across Irish Sea

The UK government has announced a APS355m package to cushion Northern Ireland businesses from the costs of trading with the rest of the UK because of Brexit.

Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister, said on Friday APS200m would be spent on a trader support service (TSS) to help firms handle new bureaucracy to move goods across the Irish Sea, turning the government into a de facto customs agent for traders.

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Refugees tell of brutality as people-smuggling across Channel booms
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 06:47:18 GMT
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Exclusive: People reportedly forced on to small boats at gunpoint as gangs move into trade

Refugees have told of increasingly brutal tactics used by people-smugglers transporting thousands across the Channel in small boats, as calm seas and the Covid-19 pandemic create a boom in the trade.

The Home Office confirmed on Thursday evening that 6 August was a record day for small boat crossings, with 235 people identified. There were 17 separate incidents, 13 involving interceptions or encounters by Border Force officials and three separate incidents involving recovery by Royal National Lifeboat Institution. One boat containing 15 people landed at Dungeness beach in Kent. The Home Office has pledged to take tougher measurers to halt these crossings.

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Energy bills to be cut by APS84 for 11m UK households
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:41:14 GMT
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Ofgem will also lower cap for pre-payment energy meter customers by about APS94 a year

The energy regulator has lowered winter energy bills for 15m UK homes by reducing its energy price cap to record lows after wholesale energy market prices tumbled during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ofgem will lower the cap on default dual-fuel energy tariffs for 11m households by APS84, from an average of APS1,126 a year to a record low of APS1,042 from this October. It will also lower the cap on energy bills for customers using pre-payment energy meters by an average of APS94 a year, from APS1,164 to APS1,070 a year.

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Saudi crown prince accused in lawsuit of sending hit squad to Canada
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 02:01:22 GMT
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US lawsuit by ex-Saudi intelligence official accuses Mohammed bin Salman of plotting to kill him

A former senior Saudi intelligence official with close ties to western intelligence agencies has accused Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of plotting to kill him, claiming in a US lawsuit that one such attempt was thwarted by Canadian officials in 2018.

A lawsuit by Saad Aljabri against the Saudi crown prince and other Saudi officials, which was brought in a district court in Washington DC, claims that the Saudi state launched a campaign to target the former high-ranking official in Canada because he was viewed as a threat to Prince Mohammedas relationship with the US and his eventual ascendancy to the throne.

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Trump bans US transactions with Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 01:32:16 GMT
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Executive order comes as TikTok faces scrutiny from US lawmakers and Trump administration over national security concerns

Donald Trump has issued a pair of executive orders that would ban any US transactions with the Chinese companies that own TikTok and WeChat, saying the US must take aaggressive actiona in the interest of national security.

Executive orders issued late on Thursday would prohibit aany transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States,a with the companies, beginning in 45 days.

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Selling curries to India: Japan exports popular restaurant chain
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:02:14 GMT
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CoCo Ichibanya hopes locals will approve of its signature hot dishes as it opens near Delhi

It sounds like the culinary equivalent of coals to Newcastle. But a popular Japanese restaurant chain is banking on diners in India to acquire a taste for its signature dish: curry.

CoCo Ichibanya, which has become a staple of the Japanese budget dining scene since it opened its first outlet in 1978, this week launched its first restaurant in India, near Delhi.

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Nobel Women's Initiative founders 'shaken' as seven staff resign
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 06:30:29 GMT
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External review launched following collective resignation, which cited need for aprofound organisational reformsa

Five women Nobel laureates said this week they were aprofoundly shaken and saddeneda by the resignation of seven staff at the organisation created to promote peace, justice and womenas rights.

Shirin Ebadi, Rigoberta MenchAo Tum, Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkol Karman and Jody Williams said while they were aware of challenges within the Nobel Womenas Initiative, they adeeply regret not recognising the depth of their broader impact on staffa. They have launched an external review.

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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg joins centibillionaire club
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:11:11 GMT
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The 36-year-old follows Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates as fortune passes $100bn for first time

Mark Zuckerbergas fortune has passed $100bn (APS76bn) for the first time, adding him to an exclusive club of the worldas centibillionaires, after Facebookas shares surged on news it is to launch a rival to the video-sharing app TikTok.

Facebook announced the US rollout of Instagram Reels, its answer to the Chinese app TikTok, as the US president, Donald Trump, issued bans on American companies transacting with its parent company, ByteDance, and Tencent, which owns the WeChat messaging service.

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Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa brothers strengthen grip in landslide election win
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 02:07:22 GMT
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PM and presidentas party wins asuper majoritya that will allow them to carry out constitutional changes

Sri Lankaas ruling Rajapaksa brothers have secured a two-thirds majority in parliamentary elections, giving them powers to change the constitution and unravel democratic safeguards.

Final results on Friday showed that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksaas Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) won 145 seats and can also count on the support of at least five allies in the 225-member legislature.

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Beer brand and leather store unwittingly named after MAori word for 'pubic hair'
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 00:26:16 GMT
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Canadaas Hellas Basement and a shop in Wellington both thought the word ahuruhurua meant afeathera a they were wrong

A Canadian brewery and a leather store in New Zealand have found themselves in a hairy situation after using te reo MAori to unwittingly name their respective brands after pubic hair.

Canadian brewery, Hellas Basement, called its New Zealand Pale Ale Huruhuru, while a shop in the New Zealand capital, Wellington, gave its entire outlet the name.

aSome people call it appreciation, I call it appropriation,a te reo MAori exponent and TV personality Te Hamua Nikora said on Facebook, after explaining that most MAori would use the word ahuruhurua as a reference to pubic hair.

Related: 'Hello, death': Coca-Cola mixes English and MAori on vending machine

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Mauritius facing environmental crisis as shipwreck leaks oil
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 01:17:45 GMT
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MV Wakashio breaking up after running aground at Pointe daEsny near marine park

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is facing an environmental crisis after oil began leaking from a bulk carrier that ran aground in July and started to break up in rough seas.

aWe are in an environmental crisis situation,a said the environment minister, Kavy Ramano, while the fishing minister, Sudheer Maudhoo, said: aThis is the first time that we are faced with a catastrophe of this kind and we are insufficiently equipped to handle this problem.a

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'Nightclubs in the hills': LA house parties could face water and power shutoffs, mayor warns
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 00:44:39 GMT
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Eric Garcetti announces measure amid reports of hundreds gathering at mansions in violation of Covid regulations

The Los Angeles mayor has announced a crackdown on house parties, authorizing the city to shut off water and power to homes that host events following reports of hundreds of people gathering in violation of Covid regulations.

aThese large house parties have essentially become nightclubs in the hills,a Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday, arguing the events can become asuperspreadersa of coronavirus as bars and nightlife in the city remain shut.

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Dirty Dancing sequel starring Jennifer Grey announced 33 years after original
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:11:19 GMT
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Star of first film will also executive produce follow-up to hit summer romance movie, with Jonathan Levine directing

An official sequel to the hit summer romance movie Dirty Dancing has been announced, 33 years after the first film was released.

Jennifer Grey, who starred in the original as Frances aBabya Houseman, whose summer camp is enlivened by an affair with her slinky-hipped dance teacher, Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), will return for the film, it has been confirmed.

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aI've benefited from a racist systema: Diego Luna on Amazon's Pan y Circo
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:00:35 GMT
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The Mexican actor and director has persuaded experts to join him on a new TV show to talk, eat and, hopefully, examine their own beliefs and prejudices

aGive them bread and circuses, and they will never revolt.a This cynical observation about the docility of the population in the face of provocation from government could as easily apply to ready meals and television as the amphitheatre with which Juvenal, the Roman poet to whom the phrase is attributed, was familiar. But for Diego Luna, the Mexican actor, producer, director and activist, it sparked an idea of how to examine the ills of his country.

His new Spanish-language show, Pan y Circo (Bread and Circus), which debuts on Amazon Prime today, is built around a simple concept a gathering disparate, expert voices on a variety of pressing topics, and giving them the floor. Or, in this case, the table.

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aI donat trust them any morea: how the NRA became its own worst enemy
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 05:12:17 GMT
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The most powerful gun lobby in the world has strayed from its core purpose and shot itself in the foot

Oliver North cut a lonely figure as he walked through the Indianapolis airport, quietly slipping out of the city midway through the National Rifle Associationas (NRA) convention which was still in progress. A day later, North announced from afar that he was not seeking a traditional second term as its president, while it also emerged that the New York attorney general was investigating the NRAas tax-exempt status.

That was April 2019. More than a year later, the turmoil that heralded Northas departure has culminated in the New York attorney general, Letitia James, suing to put the NRA out of business, alleging that senior leaders used charitable donations for family trips to the Bahamas, private jets and lavish meals that shaved $64m off the organisationas balance sheet in three years, turning a surplus into a financial crisis.

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Trump bans US transactions with Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 01:32:16 GMT
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Executive order comes as TikTok faces scrutiny from US lawmakers and Trump administration over national security concerns

Donald Trump has issued a pair of executive orders that would ban any US transactions with the Chinese companies that own TikTok and WeChat, saying the US must take aaggressive actiona in the interest of national security.

Executive orders issued late on Thursday would prohibit aany transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States,a with the companies, beginning in 45 days.

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'It came out of nowhere': Beirut blast rattles Houston's Lebanese community
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:00:34 GMT
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Residents of the Texas city, home to tens of thousands of Lebanese people, say the blast left them feeling helpless

Houston residents Leila Woheidy and her mother were on the phone with her grandmother back in Lebanon when they suddenly heard screaming on the other end of the line.

Related: No lights, no glass, no money: Beirutis hamstrung in efforts to rebuild

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Karen Bass: the progressive congresswoman who could be Biden's vice-president
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:00:32 GMT
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The Los Angeles representative, a top contender to be Bidenas running mate, is respected by both Democratic and Republican colleagues

In Karen Bassa home state, colleagues across the political spectrum sing her praises.

Most of America is just getting to know the 66-year-old congresswoman from Los Angeles who in recent weeks emerged as a top contender to be Joe Bidenas vice-presidential running mate. But in California, Bass has built a reputation as a progressive and a pragmatist a a community organizer who fought police brutality and addiction in Los Angeles and a practical politician who helped dig the state out of a historical fiscal crisis in 2008.

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First Thing: how the NRA shot itself in the foot
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:08:51 GMT
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The New York attorney general sued to shut down the gun rights group, accusing its leaders of agreed, abuse and brazen illegality.a Plus, Perry Farrell at 61

Good morning.

For decades, the National Rifle Association has been one of the most powerful lobby groups in the US. But despite continuing success in blocking even the lightest of gun laws, the NRAas own donors and members have lately expressed concerns about its leadership.

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Dirty Dancing sequel starring Jennifer Grey announced 33 years after original
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:11:19 GMT
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Star of first film will also executive produce follow-up to hit summer romance movie, with Jonathan Levine directing

An official sequel to the hit summer romance movie Dirty Dancing has been announced, 33 years after the first film was released.

Jennifer Grey, who starred in the original as Frances aBabya Houseman, whose summer camp is enlivened by an affair with her slinky-hipped dance teacher, Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), will return for the film, it has been confirmed.

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Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg joins centibillionaire club
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:11:11 GMT
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The 36-year-old follows Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates as fortune passes $100bn for first time

Mark Zuckerbergas fortune has passed $100bn (APS76bn) for the first time, adding him to an exclusive club of the worldas centibillionaires, after Facebookas shares surged on news it is to launch a rival to the video-sharing app TikTok.

Facebook announced the US rollout of Instagram Reels, its answer to the Chinese app TikTok, as the US president, Donald Trump, issued bans on American companies transacting with its parent company, ByteDance, and Tencent, which owns the WeChat messaging service.

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News Corp posts US$1.5bn loss driven by sharp declines in newspaper revenue
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 03:21:55 GMT
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Revenue collapses by 16% in Australia and 13% in the UK, while Foxtel loses 12% of its subscribers in Australia

News Corp has posted a US$1.5bn loss, with its Australian and United Kingdom newspaper businesses suffering sharp declines in revenue and its Foxtel pay-TV business in Australia bleeding subscribers, new financial results for 2019-20 show.

The global media giant released its financial results for 2019/20 on Thursday in the US. The reports paint a grim picture across the last quarter and year, with the exception of its Dow Jones business.

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Saudi crown prince accused in lawsuit of sending hit squad to Canada
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 02:01:22 GMT
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US lawsuit by ex-Saudi intelligence official accuses Mohammed bin Salman of plotting to kill him

A former senior Saudi intelligence official with close ties to western intelligence agencies has accused Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of plotting to kill him, claiming in a US lawsuit that one such attempt was thwarted by Canadian officials in 2018.

A lawsuit by Saad Aljabri against the Saudi crown prince and other Saudi officials, which was brought in a district court in Washington DC, claims that the Saudi state launched a campaign to target the former high-ranking official in Canada because he was viewed as a threat to Prince Mohammedas relationship with the US and his eventual ascendancy to the throne.

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Vallejo police chief recommended firing officer involved in Willie McCoy shooting, documents reveal
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 01:11:08 GMT
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Newly released documents and videos shed light on shooting as city faces national scrutiny over police killings and misconduct

Vallejo police have released new documents and video footage related to the killing of Willie McCoy, who was fatally shot by police in 2019 after falling asleep in his car outside a Taco Bell.

The documents reveal that the Vallejo police chief in March recommended the firing of the officer at the center of an internal investigation into McCoyas death. That officer was kept on the force after shooting and killing another man, Ronell Foster, in 2018. The release also includes additional body camera footage of McCoyas killing.

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Covid-19: lack of diversity threatens to undermine vaccine trials, experts warn
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:00:33 GMT
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Oxford and Moderna trials draw from strikingly white cohort, for a virus that has disproportionately affected people of colour

The remarkably fast progress of two leading contenders for an effective coronavirus vaccine has raised hopes the pandemic may be speedily tamed. But some experts have warned the vaccine trials risk being undermined by a lack of diversity among their participants.

Related: Coronavirus vaccine tracker: how close are we to a vaccine?

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Coronavirus US: death toll tops 160,000 as relief package impasse continues a live updates
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:39:26 GMT
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Oh, and by the way, if you are a bit puzzled by what WeChat is, and why Trump is targeting it, weave got you covered:

WeChat is an immensely popular and all-encompassing Chinese social media platform. In 2018, it surpassed 1 billion users worldwide. Within China people use WeChat for an endless list of services including communication, e-payments, banking, ride-hailing and online shopping, all integrated directly into the service. During the pandemic, it also runs a large portion of the various government-mandated health code apps that designate people as being under quarantine or allowed to travel. Most western messaging apps, such as Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp, are banned in China, so users in the US use WeChat to communicate with friends and family in China, as well as conduct business transaction and advertise.

Related: What is WeChat and why is Trump targeting it?

Thereas been a bit of Chinese response this morning to the ongoing China-US trade disputes.

Reuters are reporting the words of top diplomat Yang Jiechi from an essay published on Chinaas foreign ministry website which urged the United States to stop abullyinga Chinese firms and to create a fair, open, non-discriminatory environment for them. Yesterday, Donald Trump banned US transactions with Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat.

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How to hug in lockdown: plan ahead and wash your hands
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:00:33 GMT
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Lack of touch has impacted mental health during the pandemic, so experts suggest ways to embrace as safely as possible

To hug or not to hug? And what about washing your hands beforehand, turning your face away from your loved one, and holding your breath during the embrace?

As England moves into lockdown-lite, these are the tentative recommendations of scientists who warn above all to exercise caution a and plan your hugs ahead.

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Mexican families mourn workers claimed by Covid in the US a photo essay
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 06:45:30 GMT
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In July, the remains of nearly 250 migrant workers were repatriated to Mexico City. Two grieving families share their stories and loss

  • Text and photographs by Alejandra Rajal

On Saturday 11 July, a plane arrived in Mexico City with the remains of nearly 250 Mexican migrant workers who had died of Covid-19 in the US. A solemn ceremony was held with the participation of the consul general for New York, Jorge Islas LA3pez, who had helped organise the repatriation flight.

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The reverse birth tourists: US women seek cheaper countries to have babies
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 08:00:31 GMT
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Americans are choosing to have babies abroad to avoid the crushing maternity and childcare costs in the US

Last year, more than 66,000 Americans had babies abroad. The government doesnat ask parents why theyare overseas. But aexpata motivation surveys, migration experts and interviews with over a dozen Americans around the world reveal that many leave home, at least in part, to escape the crushing financial and personal costs of starting a family in the United States.

The US has some of the highest childcare costs in the world a even Americans with employer-provided insurance can expect to pay an average of $4,569 in out-of-pocket childbirth fees. It is the only high-income country that doesnat mandate paid maternity leave, and has longer workweeks (and less paid time off) than most other developed countries. The price of infant care tops $15,000 a year in some parts of the country and is expected to rise as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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My pandemic epiphany: how I fell in love with online therapy
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 04:00:27 GMT
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AndrA(c) Wheeler cringed at the idea of connecting through a camera but he needed to clear the fog inside his head

Therapy is the pinnacle of awkward. You spend an hour talking about the deepest parts of yourself, to a person you barely know, and then you pay them and carry on with your day. I always leave with the same guilt and self-consciousness that comes with an accidental overshare. Did I talk too much about my childhood? Does she view me as overdramatic? What does she think of my new haircut? I couldnat imagine undergoing the same process virtually.

Related: Therapy under lockdown: 'Iam just as terrified as my patients are'

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Work It review a engaging Netflix teen comedy dances to a familiar beat
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 05:28:28 GMT
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A predictable yet breezily entertaining and well-acted high school comedy sees a ragtag dance crew aiming for the top

Thereas an easy sleepover movie charm to Netflix comedy Work It, a charm thatas proved harder to find in their many other teen offerings of late. Itas a familiar package a dance, romance, parents just, like, not getting it a but itas a slick and engaging construction, directed with more skill than one would usually expect from a Netflix original. Admittedly, that bar is low (and sinking by the week) but arriving with little to no buzz near the end of a grim summer, itas a warm and welcome surprise, one that feels like an actual movie and one that should find an enthused young audience eager to rewatch over the coming weeks.

Related: Fatal Affair review a cheap Netflix thriller plays the same old tune

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aI've benefited from a racist systema: Diego Luna on Amazon's Pan y Circo
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:00:35 GMT
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The Mexican actor and director has persuaded experts to join him on a new TV show to talk, eat and, hopefully, examine their own beliefs and prejudices

aGive them bread and circuses, and they will never revolt.a This cynical observation about the docility of the population in the face of provocation from government could as easily apply to ready meals and television as the amphitheatre with which Juvenal, the Roman poet to whom the phrase is attributed, was familiar. But for Diego Luna, the Mexican actor, producer, director and activist, it sparked an idea of how to examine the ills of his country.

His new Spanish-language show, Pan y Circo (Bread and Circus), which debuts on Amazon Prime today, is built around a simple concept a gathering disparate, expert voices on a variety of pressing topics, and giving them the floor. Or, in this case, the table.

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Why a Biden presidency might not mean a return to pre-Trump foreign relations
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 04:00:27 GMT
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There could be a renewed focus on international cooperation a but Biden would not be great news for Boris Johnsonas Britain

European leaders, desperate for an end to the Trump presidency, are being warned that four years of Joe Biden may present them with new challenges and not a simple restoration of the benign status quo in transatlantic relations prior to 2016.

An evolving Biden doctrine about ending aforever warsa and protecting American workers from Chinese competition would require collective military and economic commitments from the EU that it is still ill-equipped to meet, foreign policy specialists have suggested.

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'I was outnumbered by the popcorn sellers': cinema-going around the world in the Covid era
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 05:00:28 GMT
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As Disney puts its Mulan remake straight to the small screen, cinemas need to prove to audiences theyare safe. Our writers braved screenings from Beijing to Belfast to try and find out

Are you sitting comfortably? After a month or two of stuttering, cinemas in all regions of the UK have joined thousands in Europe and Asia in reopening. A study published on Thursday found around 48% of venues are operational again, although most across Africa, the US and South America remain shuttered.

In most, masks are mandatory, likewise socially distanced seating and buckets of hand sanitiser. What would once have seemed extraordinary demands appear to have been embraced by exhibitors. All signs suggest that cinemas are going above and beyond to reassure the public they can be safe as well as entertained.

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In the shadow of Covid, New Yorkers are discovering new anxieties | Emma Brockes
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 06:00:29 GMT
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Outlandish reports about shark attacks and the crime rate are reassuring when compared with coronavirus

In times like these, you take your consolations where you can find them, and in New York, where Covid infection rates are lower than they were and anxiety and depression levels high, there is something to be said for the diversification of bad news. Many years ago, a British TV newsreader launched an informal and much-mocked campaign to make the news more uplifting, resulting in the horror of the whimsical aand finallya. It was the wrong approach, in my view. When things are bad, it can be useful to remind oneself not only that they could be worse, but that they could be worse in the conventional, nightmarish ways.

When the news was devoted to the death rate in New York, I became briefly addicted to horror and zombie shows

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Nani double lifts Orlando City past Minnesota into MLS is Back final
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 05:38:11 GMT
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  • Nani scores two first-half goals as Orlando City win 3-1
  • Orlando City advance to MLS is Back tournament final

Nani scored a pair of first-half goals and Orlando City advanced to the MLS is Back tournament final with a 3-1 victory over Minnesota United on Thursday night.

Orlando will play the Portland Timbers, who defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-1 in the other semifinal on Wednesday night, in the championship game on Tuesday.

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Zinedine Zidane's back-to-basics approach gives Real Madrid hope against City | Jonathan Wilson
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:00:30 GMT
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A traditional and unfashionable defence-first style has reaped rewards for the La Liga champions going into their belated Champions League reunion with Manchester City

A long, long time ago Manchester City beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. It was a strange game, in that while it was widely regarded as having been a tactical triumph for Pep Guardiola, evidence he could temper his philosophy, there was also a lingering sense that Madrid were there for the taking and that City playing their usual game might have had the tie won there and then.

Related: Champions League last 16: previews and predictions for the remaining ties

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Hadley Freeman on the future of the royals
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 02:00:24 GMT
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Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman discusses the fallout from the publication of Finding Freedom, a biography of Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the latest allegations surrounding Prince Andrew

Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman tells Rachel Humphreys why 2020 is not shaping up to be a great year for the royals. It began with the bombshell announcement that the Sussexes - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan - were stepping back as senior royals, and later saw them relocate to Los Angeles. Last month, extracts from a biography, Finding Freedom, chronicled what the authors claim has been a deepening rift between Prince Harry, Meghan and Buckingham Palace.

Hadley also discusses Prince Andrew. He ended 2019 by stepping back from public duties after his disastrous Newsnight interview where he discussed his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The arrest of Epsteinas close friend Ghislaine Maxwell in July has put Prince Andrewas name back in the headlines. This month the FBI has said it has been passed information from a witness claiming to have seen the Duke of York at Tramp nightclub, the evening he claims he was at Pizza Express in Woking.

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Stephenie Meyer: 'Iad like to be remembered for writing The Host - but itall be Twilighta
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:00:33 GMT
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The bestselling author of the Twilight series on being a fan of Justina Ireland, reading Terry Brooks as a child and wanting to read every book ever written

The book I am currently reading
I just began Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland. I was a huge fan of the first book in the series, Dread Nation, and even on the first page I could tell this one is going to be difficult to put down. I love a book that compels you to read!

The book I wish Iad written
I wish Iad had the experience of writing Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I know that the only thing more gripping, more immersive than reading a story I love is writing that story. Iam obsessed with the world she created, Weep. I wish Iad lived in it as immersively as she must have. Iall just have to settle for reading it a million times.

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Black Lives Matter meets Animal Crossing: how protesters take their activism into video games
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 08:00:32 GMT
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In the Covid-19 age, protestors are finding novel ways to express themselves, from BLM rallies in The Sims to Hong Kong protests in Animal Crossing

As street protests against anti-black racism erupted across the globe, Animal Crossing: New Horizons players were taking their own stand. Adelle, a software engineer from New York, decided to create a memorial on her in-game island, decorated with flowers and pixel art portraits of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other black victims of police brutality.

aI was living with immuno-compromised people, so couldnat attend the physical protests,a explains Adelle. The virtual space she created soon turned into a protest site as other players a some wearing masks a visited Adelleas island, shouting: aNo justice, no peacea, aJustice for Breonnaa and aDefund the police.a aBeing there with other players you donat know, connected by this common feeling, was really moving,a she recalls. While the game only allows eight players on an island at one time, more people were engaging with the protest and raising thousands of dollars via the live-streaming platform Twitch.

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The Museum of Whales You Will Never See by A Kendra Greene a review
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 06:30:30 GMT
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Icelandas idiosyncratic museum collections a from rocks to sea monsters a provoke delightful reflections from an American artist and essayist

The Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortellius proposed four centuries ago that Europe, Africa and the Americas were once united, but had been torn asunder by a faultline down the Atlantic a a line that passes through Iceland. A Kendra Greene, an American artist and printmaker, is fascinated by the idea of those sprawling tectonic plates. Iceland arose up from these waters in the first place precisely because of those plates, their penchant to slip and grind and spill their molten hearta. The island is its own centre, a place geologically and culturally unique, but Greene is from Boston and to her it feels like an edge. aNot just here but always, something happens at the edges,a she writes. No other country has so many small museums, 265 by her count, in a nation of 330,000 and her book is an exploration of the aterritory staked out under the name amuseumaa. Sheas interested in what museums mean, as well as what they might become. 

She opens with the Phallological museum in Reykjavik, where 212 penises from Icelandic animal species are exhibited (Homo sapiens included). aItas a museum about a word,a she says, aa word charged and freighted in ways that so often have nothing to do with the biology of the thing it names.a With each chapter Greene circles around her subject as if viewing it in a vitrine, approaching it from different angles, changing her register and voice. The book is shot through with glee and irreverence: aWhen it comes to the simple illusion of enduring form, let us praise the desolate exoskeleton! And then let us bow our heads, and pity those curators ever endeavouring to preserve a pound of flesh.a

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'Nightclubs in the hills': LA house parties could face water and power shutoffs, mayor warns
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 00:44:39 GMT
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Eric Garcetti announces measure amid reports of hundreds gathering at mansions in violation of Covid regulations

The Los Angeles mayor has announced a crackdown on house parties, authorizing the city to shut off water and power to homes that host events following reports of hundreds of people gathering in violation of Covid regulations.

aThese large house parties have essentially become nightclubs in the hills,a Eric Garcetti said on Wednesday, arguing the events can become asuperspreadersa of coronavirus as bars and nightlife in the city remain shut.

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Dollar rallies as investors hope for signs of recovery in US jobs data a business live
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 11:30:26 GMT
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Rolling live coverage of business, economics and financial markets as investors focus on US-China tensions and non-farm payrolls

The US dollar has gained 0.5% against the pound and the euro as investors hope for signs of recovery in jobs data due out shortly.

One pound bought $1.3075 in early afternoon trading, while the euro bought $1.1818.

Goldman Sachs has lowered its quarterly net earnings figure to $197m, compared to the $2.25bn previously reported, as it took account of the massive settlement related to alleged wrongdoing in the 1MDB corruption scandal.

The bank said in a filing it had set aside $2.96bn for potential legal and regulatory costs, up from the $945m announced on 15 July with its second-quarter earnings.

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Covid led to abrutal crackdowna on garment workers' rights, says report
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 06:15:29 GMT
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Brands including Primark, Zara and H&M accused of failing to protect workers at factories in Asia from aunion bustinga

Some of Europeas biggest retailers, including Primark, Zara and H&M, are failing to stop Covid-19 being used as a pretext for union busting, human rights activists are warning.

Millions of garment workers in some of the poorest parts of Asia have lost their jobs since coronavirus shutdowns hit the retail industry worldwide.

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Experience: I landed a plane after the pilot passed out
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:00:34 GMT
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The flashing lights of emergency vehicles streaming towards the runway made me realise people were preparing for disaster

I hadnat flown very much in my first two flying lessons. The first few are really just introductions to a plane and cockpit, a run-through of the basics; youare taken up and brought back down. I hadnat spent more than 10 minutes in control of an aircraft, and my instructor was sitting next to me, carefully watching my every move.

At 4pm on 31 August 2019, I settled in to the two-seat Cessna 152 for my next lesson; 30 minutes later, we started to make our way back to Jandakot airport, Perth. As we cruised at 3,500ft, I noticed my instructor was staring out the window into the sky above us. I assumed head seen something, but there was nothing there.

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My life in sex: the man who finally opened up about his erectile dysfunction
Date: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 09:00:34 GMT
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Because I kept buying her flowers and putting off being intimate, she thought I might be having an affair

I first experienced erection problems around four years ago. My mother had suddenly passed away and one of my brothers was in a coma due to an unrelated accident. I was stressed, grieving, and bottling it up inside, which affected my libido.

While my partner and I had previously had a fairly active sex life, I began looking for any excuse to avoid having sex. I later found out that she thought I might have been having an affair, because I kept buying her flowers and putting off being intimate. I hoped that if I avoided the issue long enough, it would eventually go away on its own. But after about six to eight months, I decided that enough was enough and spoke to a doctor, who discussed ways to manage stress and prescribed Viagra.

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Man Assaults Corey Katir